Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Toronto

Four Seasons Centre
Canada's first and only purpose-built opera house is home to both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada.
Shaw Festival Theatre
A thesp-friendly theatre festival that takes place every year at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The Bay Queen Street
An impressive history lies behind this shopping powerhouse.
Museum of Contemp. Art
Royal Alexandra Theatre
Having opened in 1907 without any conversions since, 'The Royal Alex' is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.
Lilliput Hats
Magnificent millinery from Lilliput. And some pretty super celeb clientele, too.
Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO houses the world's largest collection of Canadian art.
Caplansky’s
Montreal claims to be the Canadian Mecca of the smoked-meat sandwich, so it caused much kvetching when Zane Caplansky had the chutzpah to make a Toronto version.
C-Pub
Cowboy boots in a Canadian market. Oh, the fun.
MoRoCo
This is where the Mad Hatter would throw his tea party in Toronto.
One King West
This hotel was once the prestigious Dominion Bank, opened in 1914 using the same architects who designed the magnificent Royal Ontario Museum on Bloor Street.
South of Temperance
Negotiating your way to the bar during peak times is about as fun as airport security, but currently this after-work spot is hot with the corporate crowd.
Fashion Crimes
Fashion Crimes will have you getting in touch with your inner princess in no time.
Roosevelt Room
Slip down this side alley and slide back into the Old Hollywood of the roaring twenties.
House of Vintage
A vintage shop with outposts on both sides of the Atlantic.
This is London
An unashamed homage to a Mayfair gentleman's club aesthetic.
Park Hyatt
Swishing past the fountain courtyard and into the serene environs of the opulent Park Hyatt lobby, there's already that warm-glow-of-an-upgrade feeling.
Cole Haan
From ballet pumps to satchel handbags, Oxfords to sunglasses, Cole Haan kits men and women out in style.
Madison Manor Boutique Hotel
If Anne of Green Gables came to the big city, this is where she'd stay.
Dakota Tavern
It's only been open since 2006, but this live music bar is already a solid gold institution.
For Your Eyes Only
Not just for your eyes only, but for your hands, too.
Hazelton Spa
There's nothing frivolous here, just the tools and science to pamper and perk up an elite clientele.
The Beaconsfield
If you like your bars pretty, this one's picture-perfect.
Silver Falls Vintage
Perfectly preserved vintage fashion.
Balzac’s Coffee
Harking back to a time when French cafés were lousy with literary luminaries, this place offers a slice of Parisian panache with its assortment of organic coffees.
The Drake Underground
Found beneath the ever-popular Drake Hotel, this subterranean live music den has the city's brightest young things rocking out til the small hours.
Tutti Matti
Real passion imbues the kitchen and the staff – all radiating out of chef and owner Alida's love of all things Italian.
Harry Rosen
Men go wild in this luxury department store just for you.
Rogers Centre Stadium
The five-level stadium formerly known as the SkyDome is home to Toronto's baseball team, The Blue Jays, and the Toronto Argonauts Football Club.
Butterfly
Plastic fantastic at Butterfly.
Massey Hall
The oldest and grandest concert hall in the city, Massey Hall dates back to 1894.
Princess of Wales Theatre
A 2,000-seat theatre purpose-built by the Mirvish family, the Princess of Wales is steps from their other landmark, 'The Royal Alex', in the heart of the Entertainment District.
Fairmont Royal York
Aunties & Uncles
Named after a B-side tune from The Jam, this is the flipside to a sleek business brunch.
Tiffany & Co.
You know you want to take something home in that little Tiffany blue box.
Red Tea Box
This odd little shop is for total tea enthusiasts (and anyone who likes cake).
Le Meridien King Edward
With its distinctive blue awning, revolving door and liveried doorman, Toronto's first luxury hotel still bustles with business 107 years on.
Dolce Social Ballroom
One of the grandest spots in town, Dolce Social Ballroom oozes glitz, glamour and oodles of gold.
Pravdka Vodka
Pravda - a Slavic word for 'truth' - was the title of the Soviet Union's communist newspaper. This vodka bar on the edge of the business district takes the Russian theme and runs, vaults and flips with it.
69 Vintage
Good quality vintage clothes in a charming store.

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